Op-ed column: DiNicola used Palin to belittle Christians and their values

I am not Sarah Palin, but I feel her pain. Every time the liberal left wants to take a swipe at the

I am not Sarah Palin, but I feel her pain. Every time the liberal left wants to take a swipe at the Republican Party, Sarah Palin is brought up. True to form in the July 12 Gazette, Dan DiNicola wrote a hit piece labeling Republicans who have traditional religious values as zealots. How did he begin his incoherent ramblings? With Sarah Palin, of course.

DiNicola joins a long line of men in the media who cannot seem to stop talking about Mrs. Palin. David Letterman has frequently made lewd and humorless remarks about the Alaskan governor, even to the point of ridiculing her innocent children. Other television comedians (I use that term loosely) have followed Letterman’s tasteless example. Right here, on the pages of The Daily Gazette. Carl Strock is repeating writing snide and disparaging passages about “Little Miss Mooseslayer.” What makes these old men so afraid of Mrs. Palin?

Does their fear come from her unabashed faith in God? Are they afraid of her traditional values? Is the fact that she chose to bring to term a Down-syndrome baby threatening to them? What is it that compels these men to constantly trash Mrs. Palin?

If Mr. DiNicola wanted to write about zealots, it is too bad he did not choose the people who brought 15 totally frivolous lawsuits against the Alaskan governor. It would have been interesting to hear what Mr. DiNicola had to say about the non-stop stream of baseless lawsuits which have been instigated to challenge Mrs. Palin’s ethics. The liberal left plays dirty. It has determined not only to drive Gov. Palin out of office, but to destroy her personally while doing so. How about that for zealotry?

Sarah Palin is stepping away from the office of governor because of the vicious and constant attacks by liberal fanatics who are making it impossible for her to carry out the responsibilities of her position. Mr. Palin has fallen heavily into debt because she has been forced to defend herself repeatedly in a court of law. The lawsuits — every one of which she has won — are also costing her state of Alaska a small fortune.

Bankruptcy of left

Mr. DiNicola insists that Sarah Palin’s resignation as governor signals the bankruptcy of the Republican Party. Oh, no, sir, it signals the bankruptcy of the liberal loons on the left, which, the last time I checked, belonged to the Democratic Party. Those left-wing fanatics have managed to get rid of one of the most effective and successful governors who has been the chief executive officer of one of the few states in this nation that is not itself bankrupt. Again, I ask, who are the zealots?

Let me disabuse Mr. DiNicola of another myth. The founding fathers did not create the United States on the basis of “the separation of church and state.” (That phrase was taken up by liberals years later from a personal letter written by Thomas Jefferson.) The founders established our country deliberately upon a solid religious foundation. They stated unequivocally that our liberties came directly from the almighty. “We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights . . . ”

Again, contrary to what Dan DiNicola stated, the impetus for adding the amendments to the Constitution (The Bill of Rights) came from the people, not the founders. Always skeptical of federal authority, Americans were afraid that one day the government might grow too powerful and try to impinge on their God-given rights. Therefore, it was the people who demanded these rights be spelled out. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise there of.” Simply put, Americans did not want to be told what religion they should follow nor prohibited from professing the faith of their choice.

Misreading history

Mr. DiNicola’s article shows clearly how frightened the left-wing radicals are of traditional Christianity, and how little he understands American history. The Founding Fathers believed in a far more personal God than Mr. DiNicola’s assertions would allow. These men practiced their religion. At the earliest stage of our republic, chaplains were appointed to both Houses of Congress, religious services were held regularly in the Capitol buildings, and men swore their oaths of office to God. The United States grew healthy and strong practicing Judeo-Christian values. John Adams wrote: “I have been a church-going animal for seventy-six years, from the cradle. I believe in God, His wisdom, and His benevolence.”

Benjamin Franklin revised the Christian Common Book of Prayer to make it easier for people to read, and he worked with the Quakers to abolish slavery. The following are Franklin’s words: “This is my creed. I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we can render Him is doing good His other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental principles of all sound religion . . . ”

In his farewell address. George Washington warned the nation of possible dangers which lay ahead. Washington stressed the important role which religion played in maintaining the country’s democratic institutions. “Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths . . . ?”

Washington was prescient in his warnings. Would the left-wing zealots of today be harassing Sarah Palin with phony ethical lawsuits if they had any Christian morals? Abraham Lincoln read the Bible every day, and when time permitted, he attended church services. On several occasions, he said he felt the presence of God directing the affairs of state.

Lincoln was a deeply religious and moral man, His writings are full of Christian references. About himself he once said, “That I am not a member of any Christian church is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures, and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general or of any denomination of Christians in particular . . . I do not think I could be brought to support a man for office whom I knew to be an open enemy of religion.”

President Ronald Reagan, another Republican who held traditional Christian values, also underscored the importance of religion of American life. He summed it up this way, “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, we will be one nation gone under!”

Cheap shot

Not one of the illustrious men quoted above would have stooped to belittle Christians, nor ridicule any other serious practitioners of faith. Speaking for myself, and I suspect for many other readers of the Daily Gazette, Dan DiNicola’s sophomoric attempt to label Republicans as “zealots” was just another cheap and offensive swipe at traditional Christianity.

Mr. DiNicola would have his readers believe that the Republican Party has been hijacked by religious fanatics. That is simply not true. With society’s ever-increasing pressure to adopt the relativistic morality of the liberal left, Republicans are determined to hold on to their inheritance, the principles which made the nation strong — fundamental Judeo-Christian values.

Pamela Terlaak-Poot lives in Broadalbin.

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